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Hello NOPE Community


It might seem like things have been relatively quiet on the pipeline front, but over the past several months, work is being done behind the scenes by NOPE leaders, your elected officials, attorneys, Duke and the Ohio Power Siting Board.

Below are updates and steps to take to protect our communities from irresponsible, unnecessary natural gas infrastructure.
RECAP:
In April 2018, Duke notified the OPSB that they were ready to resume their application process for the Central Corridor Pipeline.  At that time, Duke provided route adjustments and environmental information.  Further, they requested that their application receive expedited review status.   NOPE's attorney, James Yskamp of Fair Shake, filed a motion requesting adequate review time for changes to Duke's application, as well as an additional public information session and hearing. The Cities of Cincinnati and Blue Ash filed similar motions.

There continue to be two routes under consideration for Duke's Central Corridor Pipeline Project. Duke's preferred route is the Orange Route, which runs adjacent to I-71. The OPSB staff initially recommended the Green Route, which runs adjacent to I-75.  (See map below.)  Both routes are active options.  Either route can be chosen, if the pipeline is approved. 
Intervention Update:

On June 29th, the Ohio Power Siting Board Staff stated support for adequate review time, suggesting that expedited timing is probably not being considered.  There has been no adjudicatory ruling on the motions that have been filed by attorneys, nor has a new schedule been determined.  PUCO has quite a heavy caseload, which could impact timing.
On July 18th, Duke filed additional information regarding potential environmental hazards along both the Orange and Green Routes.  OPSB staff are in the process of reviewing these documents.  NOTE: If you (or someone you know) has a background in environmental testing, and would be willing to review Duke's recently filed documents, please contact us at nopecincy.org@gmail.com )

Abandoned tanks along proposed pipeline route
Troubling Holes in Pipeline Safety

On June 7th, the brand new, "best in class" Leach Xpress pipeline exploded and burst into flames in rural West Virginia. The force of the explosion could be heard and felt in 3 different states, with the massive fireball visible from 20 miles away.  "It sounded like a freight train coming through, or a tornado, and the sky lit up bright orange...and flames were shooting I don't know how far into the sky," said one observer.  Ten acres were destroyed by the time the incident was contained.
 
New, high pressure transmission line fails in West Virginia
According to Tom Hart, Marshall County Director of Emergency Services, “We were very fortunate there were no injuries involved in this incident and it was in a rural location and not in a heavily populated area in Marshall County,”.
 
Rural location of Leach Xpress 
Failures like the Leach Xpress are a clear demonstration of why people in southwest Ohio are opposed to Duke’s high pressure transmission line passing through our densely populated communities.
The Leach Xpress demonstrates that “best in class” materials are no substitute for “best in class” decision making -- decision making that includes upfront identification and in-depth analysis of all risk factors that impact pipeline integrity and human safety. 

In other words, pipelines should be designed and evaluated specifically with impact on human safety as a key criteria. 
Cincinnati Resolution - Public Safety Must be Considered for Pipeline Approval

It seems unfathomable to most people that public safety is not a specific criteria used by the Ohio Power Siting Board in approving applications for intrastate pipelines. As incredible as it sounds, protecting the lives of endangered species is one of the the seven criteria used by OPSB, but protecting human lives is not.  

Cincinnati City Council Member PG Sittenfeld proposed a resolution to include public safety as a criteria in the OPSB's pipeline approval regulations.  The resolution also states that local jurisdictions should be able to make zoning and setback rules for siting high pressure pipelines in High Consequence Areas (HCA's). Cincinnati City Council approved the resolution.  Amberley and Reading have passed similar resolutions and Evendale is in the process of doing the same.  We encourage residents in other communities to ask their elected officials to pass a public safety resolution, as well. 

These resolutions, while not legally enforceable, are a critical first step to getting legislation passed in Ohio that protects our families from irresponsible natural gas infrastructure.  Municipalities throughout Ohio will be invited to pass similar resolutions to put pressure on Ohio's state elected officials to take action. 

Changing Ohio regulations is a lengthy process.  In the mean time, the pipeline industry is very threatened by these types of resolutions.  Perhaps the prospect of impending legislation could compel companies like Duke to take action on their own to identify human safety risks along proposed pipeline routes, and develop specific plans to minimize them.
 
What to do NOW:

1) Ask your local elected officials to pass a human safety pipeline resolution.  Residents and business/organizational leaders in Blue Ash, Columbia Twp, Deer Park,  Fairfax, Golf Manor, Madeira, Montgomery, Norwood, Sycamore Twp, Sharonville, Silverton, should encourage their elected representatives to support public safety in OPSB pipeline approval decisions. Click here for contact information of elected officials.  If enough Ohio communities pass resolutions, elected officials at the state level could be pressured to take action. 

2) Thank elected officials in Cincinnati, Amberley, Reading and Evendale for their support.  Special thanks to Cincinnati Council Member PG Sittenfeld and Chief of Staff Elida Kamine for leading this effort to protect all Ohioans in the future!  Click here for contact information of elected officials.
3) Help us update the NOPE scoreboard.  Our goal is for all affected communities to pass Ohio human safety pipeline resolutions.  Contact nopecincy@gmail.com with your updates.
QUESTIONS?  Contact us at Nopecincy.org@gmail.com
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